The objective of this project is to expand the base of pro-Japanese groups in the Middle East and promote mutual understanding between Japan and the Middle East by conducting continuous strategic exchange of human resources with Iran, Turkey and various Middle Eastern countries.
The Islamic Middle East region is geographically broad, and is composed of diverse and unique countries. In order to conduct a fruitful exchange of human resources with this region, it is essential to assign priorities to specific countries within the region. In light of their relations with Japan and their political influence within the Middle East region, the countries of Iran, Turkey, Egypt and the Gulf States will be targeted in this project. To that end, mid-career members of the press, diplomats, scientists, and politicians will be invited to Japan as a means to promote understanding of Japan and increase the number of pro-Japanese groups.
In addition, the Fund has had some success in its exchange programs between high school and middle schools students from the United Arab Emirates. These programs will be continued this year as a means of developing a base of individuals well disposed towards Japan. Furthermore, for the first time, young journalists from the Middle East, specifically, four young journalists from Egypt, will be invited to Japan.